"Dermatographic urticaria (also known as dermographism, dermatographism or "skin writing") is a skin disorder seen in 4-5% of the population and is one of the most common types of urticaria, in which the skin becomes raised and inflamed when stroked or rubbed with a dull object.
The symptoms are thought to be caused by mast cells in the surface of the skin releasing histamines without the presence of antigens, due to the presence of a weak membrane surrounding the mast cells. The histamines released cause the skin to swell in the affected areas."
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08/09/2012: Lucia from Bratislava, Slovakia: "Dear EarthClinic staff, my 2 years old daughter is having a form of Uiticaria, called Dermographism. I read on the internet forums, that this disease can be possible cured by using ACV. Do you think that she, as 2 year old child, can take ACV and that this might help her to get rid of Dermographism? Can you please tell me as well, what should be the proper daily amount of ACV for her? I´m giving her right now a very small amount (1/4 teaspoon of ACV into 2, 5 dcl of water twice a day). How long might it take until it possibly delivers some results? She has 11 kilos right now.
Thank you for the help, Lucia"Replies
08/10/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Lucia, have you tried it - diluted - externally?"
[YEA] 01/31/2010: Mary from Hamilton, Nj: "PLEASE READ THIS - I THINK I HAVE CURED MY CHRONIC IDIOPATHIC URTICARIA
I used to eat sweets everyday - cookies, chocolate, cake, etc. Doctors told me to live on Zyrtec, which works great, but I want a cure, not something to cover the symptoms. I happened upon an article about things in our diets causing inflammation. DUH!@#$ So I started an anti-inflammatory diet. After one week, I really think it is almost gone. Pacific salmon (not farm raised), oatmeal, almonds, flaxseed, walnuts, berries, sweet potatoes, green tea, and 4-8 glasses of water a day. My diet did not consist of just these items, but I ate a serving of at least 2 of these a day. What a difference! Look it up - I hope it helps."Replies
02/25/2010: Tatjana from Gaithersburg, Md, Usa replies: "Mary, Can you please tell us more about the anti-inflamatory diet?
12/12/2008: Chandrasekhar from Bangalore, India: "I thank the owner of this site to bring such an wonderful things to people..I was searching for any solution on dermatographism..Doctors say it is incurable..Is it true? Any natural remedy? Pls provide us with information regarding this. We are looking forward to see topics on DERMATOGRAPHISM also.
04/23/2009: Teresa from Sandia Park, NM replies: "My daughter has Dermatographism, and Gold Bond Medicated powder and lotion work miracles, taking the itching and welts away immediatle!"
05/07/2009: Eric from New York, NY replies: "Is there anything out there that can be used to cure or fix this problem. I had this issue for more then a year and can't kick it. I went to many doctors and finally one said it was Dermatographic. So I been doing the allergy pill in the morning and a histamin at night. This stuff makes me tired and hard to go thru the day. I need a fix for this as it's not working. I stopped this and went to an asian herbal doctor. So far the herbal stuff works for a few days then i'm itchy all over again. I have tried everything. Powders, lotions and pills nothing is working. Any ideas??"
05/08/2009: Bob from Leesburg, Fl: "My urticaria was found to be caused my internal parasites. Three different amoebas. Have you considered a parasite check?"Replies
01/23/2010: Pat from Alameda, Ca replies: "Who did you go to to get a test for parasites? I also have hives from dermatographism and so far the specialists have not found anything, but then again, it seems you have to tell them everything."